Dr Ken Breen
Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 8 April 2019, 12.45pm
Dr. Ken Breen is based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and leads the Pipfruit and Summerfruit Physiology Science Team at the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research.
Over the past 16 years, his research has concentrated on the physiology of fruit development and production in apples and pears in intensive orchard systems. Current research is centred on whole tree physiology of pome fruit, specifically flowering and fruit set physiology, canopy light relations, crop load management and fruit quality. Some of this work is related to development and global commercialisation of new scions and rootstocks, e.g. JazzTM, EnvyTM, SmittenTM and Dazzle® apples; piqa®boo® pear. All of this work involves significant collaboration with breeders, postharvest physiologists and sensory scientists and requires alliance with international networks.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the University of Natal. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2002, Ken directed and managed a number of agricultural businesses through South Africa and Zimbabwe for ten years.